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The article describes the battle we face with our enemies and is a "must read" for every American. It provides a realistic perspective about the clash of the respective cultures, nations, and religions of Christianity and Militant Islam.
Political correctness is the Trojan horse permitting the Militant Islamic threat to grow unchecked within the fabric of our society. From its inception, America's highest cultural goal has been to embrace the teachings and Lordship of Christ as the moral foundation of our nation. From this base of personal integrity we can share the love and freedom found in Jesus with our fellow Muslim citizens. The Militant Islamic 5th Column seeks to appropriate the tools of democracy to vote themselves into power, remake every government in their image, and place all legal systems under submission to Sharia law. Our ultimate defense against this slowly advancing threat is our will to use government, media, education, community, and family to promote a culture-wide commitment to the principles and Lordship of Yeshua.
Democracy provides a safe haven for all religions only when the fundamental principles of the society rest upon the property and person-honoring principles of Christ.
All other religious-social systems will fail eventually. Only a society built upon the properly executed principles of Christ will last forever. The foundation of social and interpersonal Christianity is mutually satisfying righteous relationship. Democracy and representative democracy can only support liberty, freedom, and self-government, when people have generally embraced these principles of Godliness. Society needs a police force to regulate those without self-governance. And, when self-governance is broadly deficient a police state must govern the people.
Democracy in an evil society will vote itself bread and circuses, gladiators and welfare. But the working class loses motivation when taxes become oppressive and work provides insufficient reward for its effort. Social order breaks down when the general society loses respect for fair transactions. A society of self-centered pleasure seekers produces insufficient value to support even their own needs. The leaders and governors in a corrupt society must then use force to maintain order. Avoidance of death and pain become the primary motivating factors in a deeply decayed social system.
As Christians we should seek to remove unrighteous tyrant
leaders. We should bring righteous Godly Christians into
positions of leadership in our nation. And, we should use every
tool of persuasion to bring Godliness and Christian leadership to
the terrorist nations.
The answer is yes. When an enemy nation's intent to dominate or disrupt our nation rises to the level of credible threat, we should execute the Bush Doctrine of preemptive attack After the military campaign, we should follow with the more important missionary work of introducing the people to Christ ase we engage in a nation-building effort to establish the foundation for a prosperous and free Christian nation. We need not apologize for the force we must exert to defend against a merciless and unrepentant aggressor. The Militant Islamist who vows to overtake our land makes no apology for his religion whose tenants include world domination. As Christians, we need not apologize that our Lord has given us the Great Commission.
The goal of many "isms" (communism, socialism,
fascism, humanism...) is the removal of all traces of God from public and
private life. The communist, humanist, etc. may advocate for
overcoming social injustice, but the de facto agenda is
the extinction of God from the memory and thought of
A world without God, created by random chance, has no
meaning; even pleasure does not satisfy the hunger inside.
Elimination of the knowledge of God from a society seduces the
rebel because it offers anesthesia from his ever-present pain
that arises from the guilt of error and emptiness of
Those who proclaim to protect liberty in
the service of the (false premise of) "the Separation of
Church and State" (i.e. prohibition of Christianity in American public
life), place both church and state at risk of absolute domination by
a religion of evil. Nature abhors a vacuum, and evil will fill the
void left when the grace and glory of Christianity depart.
Militant Islam endorses the forceful imposition of its religion on all non-believers and holds that its followers should bring the entire world under control of Allah. Christianity offers the hope of forgiveness and the redemption of man from his sins through the sacrifice of Jesus, obedience to His Word, and the leading of His Holy Spirit. The followers of Jesus are commanded to share the Good News of His Way with the entire world. Jesus will eventually return to rule and reign over the entire world.
To the uninitiated, talk of opposing Militant Islam by resisting their force and witnessing the love of Christ to them may sound like common competition and posturing between two world religions. Both appear equally convinced about their own sense of righteousness and divine destiny to unite the world under their own banner. But, regardless of the appearance of similarity, the spirits of Islam and Christianity are fundamentally different. The Islamic Jihadist proselytizes at the point of the sword and uses the thinnest excuse to kill the infidels who stand in the way of his world domination. While the Christian soldier will only kill the Jihadist in defense to prevent him from overtaking the Christian's territory, life, and coercing "faith" in their god. The Christian invites the unbeliever to learn and experience the goodness of the Lord's redemption and grace. The Christian allows the Muslim to live in our nation as long as he/she respects our property and lives, but we must oppose the Islamic movement which acts to overtake our society by terror or legal processes.
The Jihadist is a mortal enemy to all who oppose
his religion and his domination. As a nation, we cannot afford
to ignore the obvious fact that Militant Islam is at the heart of the
terrorist threat. There is a spiritual war raging in the
heavens, and duty requires that we fight it here on
earth. There may be many moderate Muslims who are
committed to the Christian principles of witnessing and winning
hearts to their religion by persuasion and example. But, a significant minority of
Muslims have embraced a violent version of Islam promoted by
Mohammed Wahhabe. This sect
will use the sword to dominate every culture and religion in the name
of Islam. Given the willingness of Militant Islam to sacrifice
any life, use slow infiltration to overwhelm a nation from within, and use
any weapon of destruction for their purpose, we must engage
in a deeply supported national opposition to the internal and
external Islamic Jihadist threat. I support President
Bush's efforts to remove terror from this world by removing
regimes which support terror. We must expand that
offensive against Militant Islam to include a state, media, and
populace supported missionary effort to win the Muslims of America to
Christ. We must pursue a strong prosecution of those who
embrace Wahhabe Islam using appropriate force where needed. But
the real battlefield is for the heart of every Muslim who
has been infected with the spirit of Wahhabism. We may not be able
to win every soul to Christ before the Lord returns, but we can at least
share the way of life and hope in Yeshua and His Gospel of
redemptive grace. (See: President Bush's War on Terror)
But, even though Christianity is God's True religion, His True Way, His followers live their lives imperfectly. Those errors must be confessed, we must repent of them, and our spirit must be renewed. The fact that Christians are imperfect in their choices does not impeach the truth of Christianity. God created a free will universe, and the natural soul of man is forever drawn to error by nature and design. Repentance from error brings forgiveness and restoration of relationship. Obedience to the Spirit of God’s Living Law gives evidence to our growth in a love relationship with Him.
Our best national
defense policy is the nurturance
of a daily walk with and worship of God in the name of
We should monitor the movement of people who practice a religion which advocates the forceful overthrow of our nation. The guise of religious affiliation should not confer a special status on those who advocate sedition. We were founded as a Christian nation, and we have functioned well as a Nation under God. Our decline has tightly paralleled the rejection of Christian principles by the judiciary. Our nation should overtly embrace Christian principles again, teach them in the schools, and exalt them in our media, government, and industry.
The Militant Islamist has sworn to destroy us, and we
must take up the sword to defend against such an
enemy. If we turn the other cheek, we will die.
Christianity allows everyone to choose his own spiritual path, as long as that path does not violate the sovereignty of another person. But, Militant Islam supports only devotion to Allah or death. If allowed to progress unchecked, Militant Islam could gain sufficient strength to turn their threats into action. Such a scenario is credible, and deserves preemptive action. Force may be the only option to reverse a Militant Islamic stranglehold in a nation. We must contain the advance and violent actions of those nations who have already taken the vow of Jihad. Iraq and Afghanistan can give us insight into how we should craft our future policies for dealing with enemy states.
Since we have already invested our lives and effort in overthrowing the religious rulers and tyrants of these countries, we should use our position of influence to spread the gospel in those nations. Until a nation is free of the monolithic stranglehold of Islam and Sharia law its citizens will remain subject to the mandates of its spiritual force We wrestle against not only earthly kings and rulers, but also against enemies in the spirit realm. We must engage these captives of Islam on the spiritual battlefield for their hearts and minds. We must use every tool of media and government in our effort to win them to Christ. If we do not openly share the gospel with our Islamic brothers and sisters, all our other efforts to resolve the problem of Islamo-fascist terror will be futile.
The forces of evil care only that a nation turns from
Godliness. Evil uses the seduction of women, gold,
power, and fame to lure the weak and rebellious into an
alliance. Bribery as a payment for injustice
weakens the nation. The fabric of the society
will fail when it cannot mobilize against an internal
or external threat.
We must stop aggression with an equal and opposite force. We will not be victorious over this spiritual enemy until we realize our error and repent from having laid down the Sword of Truth on the altar of political correctness and universal theological moral equivalency. As a nation, we will suffer for having embraced the false religions of tolerance, choice, prosperity, and freedom. All these virtues have their place, but all are inferior principles to the mandate to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul. Loving God is the equivalent to obeying His Law, His ways, and following the moment by moment leading of His Holy Spirit. Victory over false religion requires overtly declaring allegiance to the one True God of the Bible. Any worship of a lesser god will produce predictably less desirable results. The eventual rulership over the earth of the one True God is inevitable. We simply prolong the pain of life when we avoid submitting to His Way in favor of continuing to pursue worldly pleasures for another season.
The True religion directs us to love God, love self, and love our fellow man. We must each search diligently to identify truth in this world:
Religion reflects man's innate internal drive to establish relationship with God. But, religion has a positive value in a person's life only to the extent that its precepts coincide with the Absolute Truth. A false religion is of no value other than as an example of error. The pain we experience in pursuing error can give us wisdom, but without learning, without change and growth, the time spent in error is simply lost and wasted time. All things work together for good for those love God and are called according to His purposes. But this implies that goodness only comes from bad things when we are pushing upward toward the perfection of God.
We are each responsible to God for our choices in life even though we cannot judge Truth with absolute certainty. God has given us the Bible, a collection of divinely inspired verses -- Words which reflect the mind and purpose of God. The Bible, the verses upon which we daily meditate, should rise up inside us to direct our actions, educate our minds, and attune our hearts to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. As mere mortals we cannot perceive the whole Truth directly. The vast interlocking interplay of God's forces, laws, and purposes work together to weave a tapestry which validate and give witness to His reality and the Truth of His Way. But as humans we experience only a thin only a narrow view of reality as we travel our life track. But, if we stay open to receiving a confirmation of the Truth of His Way, even our small glimpse of life is sufficient to validate that Truth.
The daily walk with God matures and becomes real as we look around us for the movement of God's direction. The Holy Spirit speaks to every man's heart, synchronizing the actions of man with God's broad and grand purposes. And, the Holy Spirit's leading and counsel will never contradict the revealed Word of God. A dedication to truth, sincere and persistent prayer for guidance, and a heart open to learning will move the seeker in the direction of truth and sanctification. Every religion claims to represent and present the Truth. But, there is only one Truth, and all religions which disagree are false. Thus, a man of good conscience should continually examine his chosen religion and attempt to validate its Truth.
Christianity has a framework of rules and metaphors that direct us toward a relationship with God. And, those words, stories, rules, proverbs, letters, and songs from the Bible are enlivened by the Holy Spirit who lives behind those words, quickening our minds to apply those words to our daily relationship with our self, others, and God. Thus, the structure of Christianity nurtures the habits of harmony and fairness in our relationships. In this regard, Jesus gave us the best standard for judging the truth and value of a religion in his admonition to the rich young ruler. The young man had asked, "What is the greatest commandment?"
Jesus established the True religion, the way of behaving in life, the relationship between God and man, man and man, and how to restore a broken relationship:
I believe this standard of Absolute Truth satisfies our innate sense of fairness. On some level, everyone knows that God exists, that this world was made by Him, and that we must establish a proper relationship with Him. Thus, to love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind is a reasonable service to the God who created us. He created us with the expectation of relationship, appreciation, and reciprocal service. The nature of God is love. And since God desires a perfect relationship with man, we can assume God has created us to learn to love our selves, our fellow man, and Himself. Man being created in the image of God implies that there is a spark of the divine in each of us, and that we should each perfect ourselves in love. The question is, "what is love" and "what is the perfect expression of love?"
Modern Militant Islam was an invention of the 18th Century, a reinterpretation of the traditions and writings of Islam:
The religion of modern Militant Islam arose from the mind of Muhammad Wahhabe, who reinterpreted the Qur'an, the Hadith, the Sunnah, and the traditions of Islam. He remade Islam into a religion with a goal of world domination for Allah (a name similar to the Moon God, Al-liah, and reflective of the symbol of Islam). If this fervor for world conquest by Islam were shared by only a few madmen we could simply monitor their activities and intervene when they decided to act out their Allah-inspired crusade against Christians, Jews, and the West. But, since they have enrolled the passions of hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of fanatics, all dedicated to sacrificing their lives in the service of Islam, we cannot ignore this huge social/religious movement of Militant Islamic zealots.
Christianity is the True religion and it should deeply influence the laws governing the actions in and of the secular State. The State should not legislate orthodoxy:
I believe Christianity embodies a superior revelation of God's Truth to all other religions, and that Biblical Christianity should be the basis of the moral and legal structures of secular society. But, I believe secular government should not be the judge of theological orthodoxy. Government has the power to mete out corporal and capital punishment to enforce its judgments, which can result in a theocratic tyranny. As a society, we should use the tools of media and public persuasion, funded by the public treasury, to educate and train the hearts of Americans in the precepts of non-denominational Biblical Christianity. The State is not the judge of absolute truth. Rather, the citizens must shoulder the responsibility of watching for moral decay and violation of absolute principles in the legal system. Such vigilance requires that the general populace maintain its mediation on the Word of God as a lifestyle. Only the people constitute and create the soul of a nation, therefore the national moral excellence will seldom exceed the Godliness of the majority of its people, leaders, laws, and founding principles.
America is being seduced by other gods, such as: tolerance, choice, and equality. These gods may represent lofty principles, but they are lesser deities when placed in divine perspective of Righteous Judgment.
Many now believe that the sacred and secular should occupy fully distinct and mutually exclusive domains. The 1947 ruling of the court initiating the process of total separation of Church and State has come close to maturity. We are almost to the point where legislation and judicial activism will prohibit any expression of Christianity in our national institutions of public tax support. But, this cleansing of religion from the society appears to be more of an effort to eradicate Christianity from the public domain than a commitment to protect, defend, and enforce the True Founder's spirit of the First Amendment. The mantra of honoring all religions, but including none in the secular education, receives token lip-service. In the face of this fanatic religious purging, Halloween enjoys a full-dress celebration, reading curriculum include Harry Potter but not C.S. Lewis, children practice channeling as a self-help experience, and classroom time may be devoted to acting out Islamic rituals.
There is only one Truth. Religions with contradictory precepts cannot all be true. Any religion which agrees with THE Truth, is absolutely true to the extent of its agreement:
All religions claim to teach the Truth, but a cursory examination of the world religions reveals much contradiction. Only one is True since Truth is unique and non-contradictory. As a Christian, I believe that Christianity embodies THE Truth. The most important issue is a person's relationship to Jesus Christ. He is the Savior of mankind, and the only intermediary between God and man. The perspective of any religion or denomination which embraces the Bible and attempts to sincerely interpret the intent and meaning of the Bible should be considered as part of the debate when forming public policy. In this debate, not every denomination will have the full answer or correct perspective on issues of community relationships. Nevertheless, every Biblical Christian perspective should be included in the public policy debate. By considering the secular and non-Christian perspectives, and then making a decision based on the full spectrum of Biblical perspectives, a righteous and fully informed decision can be made.
The traditions of Islam honor and elevate the Prophet Mohammed to the status of a god-man, while Jesus is reduced to the status of a mere teacher. But if Christianity is True, then Islam is false. The fundamental criteria determining a religious system's Truth is its consideration of the deity of Jesus. Islam is a false religion even though it promotes many reasonable and correct interpersonal relationship principles. Likewise, every religion is false which does not exalt Jesus as the Son of God. Without acknowledging the divinity of Jesus, it is impossible to accept His substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. To accept the sacrifice of a mortal man for spiritual error of the entire world is patently foolish spiritual theory. Even though Islam includes some good teachings about relationship, without connecting its followers with the deity and Lordship of Jesus, those teachings are thereby reduced to a mere set of rules. And, those rules become a bondage to law rather than an expression of the spiritual freedom that flows naturally from the true relationship with Jesus. Without the divine savior-sheep relationship with Jesus, religion lacks the power to bring the hurting human heart all the way back home. Until the door to Father God is open, our hearts still cry out for completion in satisfying spiritual relationship.
After we invite Jesus to rule our hearts as the Lord of our lives, we enter into a new phase of spiritual growth -- we begin a sincere work in the development of our character. Character is a reflection of habit, and habit is a reflection of committed action. In daily life, we direct our actions from our concepts about the nature of life. As Christians the heart is quickened to hear and obey the Holy Spirit's voice. While Christians are not perfect at listening to or obeying the Holy Spirit, at least the bias of the heart moves toward accepting a God-directed life. By reading the Bible daily, the pattern of truth becomes clearer, the familiarity with the Holy Spirit's written words enables the heart to resonate with and recognize the voice, message, and character of the Holy Spirit as He leads our lives.
Every world religion emphasizes an aspect of the spiritual universe. Examining the history of world religions reveals people choosing to worship many different objects, concepts, and teachers. People have worshipped crystals, drugs, the earth, stars, spirits, mythical gods, animal spirits, ancestors, emperors, UFO space aliens, charismatic leaders, ruler-gods, avatars, teachers, and gurus. In the Old Testament the distinction between good and evil is clear. Those who worshiped the One True God were good and blessed, and those who worshipped other gods were evil. But, to categorize every action and belief of every non-Christian religion as evil is simplistic. The perspective of other religions sometimes illuminates truth in a way that cannot be easily seen from the lens of conventional Biblical Christianity.
Every religion has within it seeds of truth and error, but only Christianity delivers the truth about salvation and relationship with God the Father through Jesus. Christianity has the potential of revealing all necessary true knowledge about God. But all Truth is not easily decoded from the Bible, since much of the Bible reveals its sacred secrets in the form of parables, allusions, and metaphors. It appears that God did not want to have the Truth about His universe to be transparent, but He wanted it available to those who were dedicated in faith.
Each religion claims its scripture is divine and true. Many religions claim to be a path to God, but only one of many paths. Other religions declare that theirs is superior or the only way to the true God. Christianity declares that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Islam is likewise an exclusionist religion; it considers all other religions as pagans. Apologetic theses have been written which validate the truth of Christianity, so I will not attempt to duplicate those arguments here. But for the sake of summarizing the precepts of Christianity, I offer the following statement which I believe to be true about the fundamental precepts of Christianity:
The Bible can be totally True because the scriptures were written by men who spoke by revelation or inspiration from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead-Trinity. He speaks from God to the spirit of man. The God of the Bible created the universe, man, all spirits, natural law and spiritual law, hence His testimony is authoritative. God the Father and His Son are identical in nature, but separate in sequence and identity. The Father begat the Son in the spiritual sense first, and later the Son was incarnated as a man through the virgin Mary. The Son, as the Logos, the Word, created the entire manifest universe. Yeshua lived a perfect life, violating none of God's laws, and was murdered unjustly by sinners. He returned to life from the grave and ascended into heaven and intercedes with God the Father, pleading for clemency for our violations against His Law. Jesus' sinless life allowed Him to serve as the perfect living sacrifice, and thereby be able to pay the penalty righteously due for our sins. That sacrifice is available to all who accept it and bow to His Lordship.
We may then ask, "Why did God allow so many different religions? And more particularly, why did He allow false religions?" This question reflects our sense that God is fair and good. In other words, how can we condemn souls to hell for eternity just because they were born into false religions and died without having an opportunity to accept Jesus? Or for that matter, how can a person be condemned to hell for not accepting Christianity when it appears that the Bible is purposefully written as a riddle?
I believe God is totally fair, and that people will be properly rewarded and punished for their deeds and the character they have developed. Jesus said no man could come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). The implication of Jesus' statement that He is the only way to the Father indicates that the highest levels of spiritual completion and relationship are not available without going through the proper spiritual gate. And if this is true, then Christianity is the highest and most True expression of religion. As such, it should be embraced by every person. But, given the free-will nature of the universe, God expects every person to make that decision individually. As Christians, we are obligated to share the Gospel by the Great Commission, but forcing other people to convert or conquering them and forcing them to be Christians is inappropriate.
But, there is a difference between forcing belief, and sharing the gospel with a defeated enemy. Given the nature of the current world, it may be necessary to conquer and capture the Islamo-fascist and teach him the Gospel. Such a gesture is a reflection of our commitment to the God of the Bible, and such a forthright defense of life, and embracing of the Gospel in our public life will probably be necessary to protect America and our life, liberty, and property.
We live in a free will universe where the options and degrees of freedom available on the earth plane are limited only by the laws of nature. We all have some perception of the spiritual realm, and some people through the ages have had a significant level of insight into the spirit world. Some people who penetrated the veil of the spirit world began to teach what they saw. But, the religions, cults, and philosophies that arose from their insight are necessarily inferior to the revelations of the Holy Spirit as compiled in the Bible. But, even though these other non-Christian spiritual revelations may be in error and/or incomplete, they nevertheless provide us with another perspective and insight into the realm of spirit. We can be sure that any alternate religion will contain elements truth and error. Therefore these other religions will open up questions and doubt about Christianity, as well as shine a light on all the various possibilities of life. Such spiritual exploring can be very informative about the ways of the world and the various forms of deception. Before engaging in the study of world religion, become well grounded in Christianity. Be aware that studying other religious paths can be seductive and can cause one to lose faith if questions are not addressed adequately. Thus, such spiritual explorations should be reserved for those who are well grounded in Christian theory and practice, or done under the supervision of a mature Christian.
Worshiping a false god is seductive because man is inherently rebellious and proud, and has an innate need to establish a relationship with his divine origin. By giving divine status to a lesser god, (i.e. a god other than the one true and living God) man retains a degree of his own pride by worshiping a god of his own making. This pride vanishes when man comes into true relationship with the Living God. Man is no longer proud when he meets and knows his true maker. Man must bow to the Almighty in the face of the True origin of his soul. There is no place for pride in the presence of one's Maker, we are clay in the hands of the Potter. We are humbled in the presence and knowledge of our Lord and our God.
Each of the world religions emphasizes or examines an aspect of the godhead, the spiritual universe, and various perspectives on relationship and morality. Sometimes that perspective illuminates a deeper understanding of truth, and other times it simply reflects a fantasy world of an alternate religion. Islam emphasizes ritual and devotion to the One God; honoring the prophet/source/messenger of the religion; and strict punishment for moral crimes. Paganism worships the spirit of animals, plants, and the earth, and as such this worship emphasizes the need to respect the earth and our environment. Buddhism with its pursuit of Nirvana, the nothingness of eternity, brings into sharp contrast the miracle of God's manifested universe with the primal nothingness. The Hindu, with his many gods focuses attention on the many different aspects of God, the human spirit, and animal character. The Sikh gives complete worship to the Book, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, gives full devotion to the Name of God, and lives a life of courage in the defense of truth. The Cabalist charts the mystery of the progression of man's soul through the tree of life. The Taoist (the people who follow the way) walks through life in peace and harmony with himself, his neighbor, and nature, and worships "the way" as though it were the highest god.
Islam in its Qur'anic form is a benign religion. Islam in its rewritten Wahhabe form actively embraces evil, thrusting itself upon all others by force in the name of God and Truth.
Benign false religions teach only minor distortions of Biblical principle. An evil religion imposes its false teaching on others and forces them to follow its precepts, prevents its followers from leaving the religion or learning about other religious options, and forcibly restricts their right to free thought, action, and accountability before God. Islam practiced under a literal interpretation of the Qur'an is a benign false religion. But, the rewritten Islam of the Wahhabe sect is an evil false religion.
The Islamic society progresses from benign to pernicious over time. The tenants of Militant Islam allow the use of force to coerce belief and religious/social compliance.
Wahhabe Islam is a potent evil religion because:
The Wahhabe spirit of domination reflects the fundamental
desire of Spirit to dominate territory. The sanctified
spirit of dominion is an expression of the desire to possess
another's heart out of Free Will and Love.
But in the false religions such as Islam, this principle of a love
relationship between Allah-God and man is
missing. Allah-God is an impersonal force, being,
or principle and man's only real relationship with him is through his
works. Thus, the teachers, teachings, and hope of
Islam seduces the soul and spirit into
a ritualistic service of the dream of a
pan-Islamic world. In the Islamic dream of world domination the
enemy preventing this Valhalla of Islam is the oppressive rule
of pagans, Christians, and Jews. Thus, the Muslim is
driven to bring every person in the entire world under
the control of Islam. And, his payment for executing this
"sacred" duty is the promise of various
rewards presented by Allah for being his missionaries of world
Every person in a society practices a religion regardless of his overt and conscious dedication to a named religious path. In the past, religion was viewed as a defined set of activities associated with a scripture, priests, sacred objects and places. But a more expansive and metaphorical view of religion recognizes that every passion, activity, object, person, or principle elevated to a place of a governing principle has the potential of being an object of religious worship. Using this definition of religion, distinction between the world of matter and spirit blurs, and we must confront the fact that spiritual principles will reflect and guide human passions. The spiritual paradigm is a prime driver of man's actions. As a result, social laws will ultimately reflect the society's spiritual foundations.
Christianity and Militant Islam stand in sharp contrast. Christianity follows the principles of love and relationship as it seeks to gain converts through spreading the Good News of Jesus' death, resurrection, and the joy that comes from living life according to His principles. His followers show their dedication to their God by practicing the precepts of loving God, self, and others. The excellence of their life-witness testifies to the goodness of God and the Truth of His Word.
The gradual slide toward domination by Islam, and imposition of Islamic Law on all peoples of the nation:
Traditional Qur'an-based Islam would initially appear to present little threat of violent world subjugation. But, a closer examination of the historical sequence of expansion of Islam reveals a web of interconnected forces that will together inexorably create an Islamic world domination. The Qur'an encourages, or at least authorizes, emigration to non-Islamic countries. Islamic culture reinforces the patriotic-religious duty to prodigiously multiply and populate the land with future Islamic citizens. As the Islamic population becomes increasingly large inside a target nation, the Islamic population clamors ever more loudly for the imposition of Sharia Law on the population. This law is a compilation of the Qur'an, the Hadith, and the works of the Muslim scholars of the first two centuries after Islam. Sharia Law places women in restrictive roles, harshly punishes crimes, and criminalizes conversion from Islam. When the secular state government adopts Sharia Law, the priests who administer it work inexorably to impose Islam and Islamic rule upon all the nation's citizens.
Islamic apologists will minimize the universal applicability of Sharia Law to non-Islamic residents. They likewise minimize the totality of the secular & spiritual subjugation of a society under the forceful rule of Islamic culture. Their argument is true only to the extent that creating an absolutely pure mono-culture of nationwide or worldwide Islamic fundamentalism would be difficult to produce. A remnant will always rise to the inherent call of the human spirit to rebel against a fascist rule. But once universal top-down dominance becomes established by a world government, rebellion by a few to overthrow the tyranny is futile. A realistic evaluation of Islamic law, culture, and scripture reveals no tradition, mandate, or history of honoring other religions (especially people of the Book -- the Christians & Jews) and allowing them to compete freely in the marketplace of religious ideas. Currently, the world still has a number of nations which allow religious freedom. But, those countries dominated by the Muslim secular-spiritual Sharia governments have only a small and persecuted remnant of Christian and Jewish citizens. Some Islamic nations have solved the problem by overt Christian genocide. In Sudan, the Muslims have killed over 2 million Christians, and sold others into slavery.
Islam seduces and hypnotizes its nation-state victims by a patient gradient of infiltration, immigration, and multiplication. As a nation, we have been lulled into a confident faith in the security of Fortress America by the two and a quarter centuries of our nationhood which have not produced a significant internal or external threat to our survival. Common wisdom now categorizes the conservative, patriot, right-wing warnings about a communist/Marxist/one-world threat by foreign governments to infiltrate and corrupt the American system as a modern day fable. We have been immunized and calloused to concerns raised about the potential threats of external powers. The "all-religions-honoring" people of America do not seriously consider the threat of a non-Christian religion imposing a theocracy on America. The common Constitutional scholar will declare that the First Amendment protects us from the imposition of an American Islamic State Religion.
There is no Constitutional protection of America from those who wish to invade our Nation and usurp its culture and substitute its religion from within:
America has lost its understanding of the fragility of our Constitution, whose strength lies not in its ability to resist lawbreakers, but in the commitment of its countrymen to enforce the principles of Christian charity, justice, and property. But as citizens, we must be wise and recognize the distinction between a State-imposed religion such as will be demanded by Islam when they acquire a voting majority, and a government which chooses to nourish and bias the society toward Christianity.
In contrast, Islamic Sharia law requires conversion to Islam, and it allows no conversion to another religion once a member of Islam. The spiritual choices available to the non-Muslim under the most extreme Islamic rule are conversion or death. Sharia law restricts the flow of information about other religions within the society, as a result, making an informed decision to leave Islam requires enormous risk and effort. A few will escape from the clutches of Islam despite the oppression, but the hardship of pursuing Christ within a society governed by a totalitarian Islamic regime will be greater than many will confront. But on the other hand, the oppression, ritual, and dehumanization of a Militant Islamic state will sensitize the population to their hunger for freedom and relationship with a living personal God. Thus, when they are exposed to the Gospel, their thirsty hearts drink deeply of the Living Water.
In America, we should follow the lead of our Founders and advocate a non-denominational embrace of Christian education and government-promoted Christianity in the public sector. In a Christian society, the open-handed support of Christianity as the "True Religion" would never restrict information, nor would it interfere with those who wish to proselytize, nor restrict conversion to another religion. The world hates Christianity because it is the True religion. Christianity illuminates and contrasts error; it provides a standard of judgment, and it is only by judgment that error is eliminated in the personal and social sphere.
The spirit of man dictates that the world's group-mind will embrace any religion except Christianity. The rebels against God blindly embrace a path of individual and societal mediocrity (and possibly even destruction). The Democrats (e.g. those who advocate abortion), liberals (e.g. those believe that the world was better with Sadam in power), and radicals (e.g. those who believe that the WTC attack on 911 was staged, and Iraq was invaded to benefit Haliburton) are the modern day incarnations of those recurrent historical fools who profess to love their country and advocate for that which is "right and fair," but they lack the wisdom and perspective of God, and therefore embrace policies which will bring curses on the nation. These self-loving, other-god-worshiping idolaters elevate immoral people like Bill Clinton to the level of hero and idol. They legislate against true godliness and elevate ungodliness as though it were a badge of honor. They raise up the practices of homosexuality, sexual license, abortion, euthanasia, and welfare to the level of a "human right." They project evil, money motivated, power driven, cronyism as the underlying motives for every social initiative. When America is under fire, they join in with their own salvos of implication of tainted motive and deserved retribution.
The proud and forceful non-Christian political rhetoric of our day reflects America's departure from Godly standards. His blessing will return when we return to a corporate pursuit of manifesting True Christianity in our culture. We must refocus our national direction, reject the secular humanist platform, and turn from our increasing embrace of perversion and self-worship. But because of our departure from God's ways, our survival as a nation of free people hangs in the balance. The threat of Militant Islam is the fire which will purify the heart of America or destroy her. When we embrace the truth of Christianity as an overtly Christian nation (as we were judged by the 1892 Supreme Court in "Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States"), God will be free to bless us as a natural consequence of our overt public and private faith in Him. When we allow Jesus to be the Lord of the Nation, we will see prosperity, justice, and peace flow naturally as a consequence of our submission to the Living Spirit of Truth. We should seek to manifest the Kingdom of God on Earth. Our social standard should be perfect Christianity, but perfection is unknowable in its entirety, and manifesting perfection is unattainable. Nevertheless, that standard of Godly perfection exists inside God's Spirit. Perfection includes the set of attitudes, behaviors, boundaries, and worship that exactly replicate His mind and heart. It is the job of man to endlessly pursue manifesting that perfection against the eternal pressure of entropic decay and spiritual temptation to rebellion. The excellent social order that will arise follows naturally from the fact that perfect Christianity is Truth, and Truth reflects God's character which is perfectly good. As citizens, legislators, and people of God, we are all required to judge the righteousness of social policy and the character of our leaders. When we individually and corporately use the Bible as our standard of perfection, when we attempt to know and live the mind of Christ, and when we hold our leaders accountable to that standard of action, judgment, and legislation, our nation's survival will be secure.
Each person must follow his/her highest sense of truth in choosing a religion. We must each stand before God and account for our actions and choices. No one can shirk or transfer the burden of personal responsibility to choose a relationship with God. Our choice of religion reflects our most intimate commitments about life, and our spiritual path in turn guides our social behavior, shapes our self concept, and directs our passion. Thus, practitioners who follow a religion which commands killing people of other religions in the pursuit of an earthly manifestation of a spiritual ideal are dangerous. The spiritual mandates drive them to elevate lesser precepts above the command to love the Lord your God, and neighbor as self.
Militant Islam is the agent of an evil spiritual force. The Radical Jihadists threaten life, liberty and property of all who oppose their intentions. A civilized Christian society cannot allow such people the freedom to carry out their ultimate goal under the cloak of "civil rights". Sharia Law and Militant Islam are the warriors hidden inside the Trojan Horse of the "peaceful religion of Islam." We must be wary of this gift sent by the enemy states of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the distributed Islamic empire. In our zeal to cleanse the world of a truly virulent threat, we must remember that the individual people from these countries may be lovely and truly peaceful men and woman who simply wish to have a good life and practice their religion without disturbance among us. But, the sequence of establishing an Islamic majority, Sharia Law, and the iron hand of Militant Islamic oppression is predictable in every country that allows this growing threat to prosper and proliferate unopposed.
We must engage a multi-pronged defense against the insidious Islamic threat. Governments such as Afghanistan and Iraq, which sponsor terror must be removed. We must then install a government NOT governed by Sharia Law. Allowing Afghanistan to reimpose Sharia Law on its people after liberating them from the Taliban was manifestly foolish. Its people were taken from the jaws of religious tyranny at the cost of American blood, and then its helpless victim-population was thrown back under the savage rule of Sharia Law.
The Kingdom of Christ is truly advanced when a nation opens for the sowing of Gospel-seeds in the hearts of its people. In Iraq, we must not make the same mistake, although sadly, the results are almost predictable given our recent history. Our foolishness springs from our commitment to the pseudo-gods of "Freedom" and "Democracy". The establishment of a democracy in a nation without changing the hearts of its people is a futile gesture. True liberty and personal freedom can truly prosper only in a society whose citizens personally embrace a Christ-centered Godliness. Iraq, as a new democracy, may stumble along for many years without become a dictatorship, but without putting Christ at the center of their new Republic, the nation will not realize the promise of the Godly society. And sadly, the same end eventually befalls all nation-states who do not enshrine Jesus at the helm of their society and government, they fall from internal corruption, weaken and become susceptible to external advances by stronger nations, or suffer under the iron hand of a dictatorial regime it makes a fatal error.
As liberators, we have the rights of conquerors. As Americans and Christians, we wish to impose a good government, a Godly rule on the people of the conquered nation. And while we cannot, and should not, impose a religion on a people, we should establish a temporary government where the Gospel of Christ is preached openly and freely. The media and world's missionary organizations should blanket the nation with the Gospel, and all should be exposed to the principles and options of Christianity.
Those who engage in terrorist violence against this occupation of love and liberation should be dealt with, with force. There can be NO toleration for lethal violence against such a mission of good will and Godliness. Those who are willing to use murder as a tool of resistance against the peaceful presentation of the Gospel of Christ deserve death. The strength of resolve of America to repay murder with just execution of the murderers will show the Muslim population that we are truly a people of principle, justice, and Law. We will be respected for our stand, and they will know by our actions that our principles are true.
Democracy is an excellent goal for a new country, but Biblical principles provide a much more solid foundation upon which to build and free and democratic society. As the people progress and open their hearts to the new way of Christian values, they grow ever more ready to govern themselves under the principles of righteous Godly self-governance. As a nation's people grow ever stronger in their responsibility to God for righteous personal conduct, the populace will come ever closer to the taste for proper social relationship and government. At some point, the new nation, released of its slavish allegiance to Islam, will be ready to vote for leaders who can write and administer a Godly Constitution. What we desire is not a "democracy in the Mid East", we desire the region to be populated with "Christian Nations".
The ultimate threat of Militant Islam is not terrorism, but total domination of our nation and culture. In time, conventional benign Qur'anic Islam could become the majority religion of America. But, as a nation we are defenseless against their advance because of our refusal to embrace the fact that we are a Christian Nation. We tolerate all religions as though all are equal. We pretend that our freedoms are safe because the Constitution has declared them protected. We believe our nation and way of life are safe unless another nation raises an army that can penetrate our borders with tanks and troops. We have handicapped our own defense against the slow advance of the internal spread of Islam by prohibiting the edification and education in Biblical Godliness through our public educational system. We must recognize that the tools of this warfare are not bullets, but the Bible. The only weapon which can stop the inexorable tide of Islamic domination of our culture and government is the sword of Biblical Truth. It is a sword we must wield with love, respect, and care. We must witness to our Islamic brothers and sisters about the good news of Jesus. We must live a life that truly reflects our Christian values in our foreign relations, judicial system, healthcare and taxation, interpersonal relationships, marriages, child rearing, business ethics, and care of the environment. As a nation and individuals, to be a powerful witness and warrior for Jesus, we must show that our faith truly does bring Heaven onto Earth. And, while we cannot wait to witness to our Muslim friends until the millennial perfection of society arrives, we can begin to overtly declare the truth about how we expect our institutions to appear.
As Christians we must rise up with a voice of unity against the abuses of government, education, business, and the Church. We must not fall prey to the error of attributing the violations of corrupt American institutions to Christianity. Our fundamental error is that America has not embraced Christianity overtly. As individuals we must declare our allegiance to Jesus to be saved. As a Nation we must do the same. There have been many bad violations of Christian principle perpetrated by people who acted in the name of Christ. The imperfections of Christians makes the Faith appear to be simply another agent of Satan. As a result, the enemy of our soul turns our hearts away from the true solution. The solution to our societal ills can only arise when every person sincerely embraces the true practice of Christianity. The manifestation of this millennial vision will advance more rapidly when the State allows, embraces, and encourages public institutions (public schools, governmental agencies and institutions, and media) to proclaim the ethics, message, and world view of the Christian God.
It is ironic that America's greatest threat comes from the proliferation of a religion within our borders which fully embraces a Church/State integration of its law and religion. The Militant Islamist has a vision and charge to take the entire world for Allah. Because of our limited understanding of God's hierarchy of values, we have placed the "Freedom of Religion" in the First Amendment at the Absolute and Highest Truth. Because of our belief in "freedom of Religion," even at the cost of our freedom and government, we refuse to inhibit in any way the propagation of this potent religious movement. Militant Islam, according to its own doctrine, is committed to overtake our religious liberties and replace our freedom under their vision of godliness. If this scenario plays out as predicated, it will happen because we worshiped our own concepts of truth above God's Truth. The "Freedom of Religion" is a high and important moral principle. But it can be an idol when it superceeds the good sense to defend one's homeland and way of life against an invader dedicated to our subjugation. Tolerance and Freedom are modern day "Golden calves" that we worship above the full-spectrum understanding of God's standards of Truth and ethics. Because of our unwillingness to stand for True Godliness, we are embracing Islam to our national bosom. This religion, with its foreign god, is the greatest threat America faces. To win this battle, we must embrace Biblical Christianity in our own nation, and then purposefully and strongly spread the whole Word to the Whole World. We must recognize that we are in a spiritual war, and that the very survival of our nation hangs in the balance. The war will only be won when we embrace the fact that we are a Christian nation, and nothing short of the full sanctification of every man, woman, and child will mark the end of this war.
Democracy is an open doorway for Islamic subjugation of the West.
A people driven by a religious mandate of violent domination should not be allowed to exercise political, social, or religious hegemony over any nation. People driven by a mandate of domination will vote themselves into a position of power, and then use it to subjugate the entire people of a nation under their social/religious mandates. Democracy in the hands of militant Islamic sects simply gives the appearance of legitimacy to a fascist state. Every ethnic and religious minority will experience forceful conformity to the Islamic life
The conservation of good and evil requires punishment, or substitutionary sacrifice. As Christians, the law of conservation is maintained by Jesus' torture and death. No other religion can meet the standard of perfection of the balance required by God to have full relationship with God the Father.
God allowed men to live under the era of the covenant-based Law from the dawn of history until Jesus died & rose from the grave. Jesus taught the principle of grace, and forgiveness during his time on earth. But, the power of reconciliation was not fully established until Jesus' death and resurrection. Human forgiveness has always been possible, and balancing the scales of justice with God was possible by substitutionary sacrifice. But, when Jesus died, a new and active force became available to those who chose to appropriate it. The death and torture of Jesus established a method by which sinful man could re-enter into relationship with an absolutely pure Father God. The perfect equality of cause and effect, good and evil, reaping its rewards, cannot be broken in this world. In the physical universe, the conservation of energy represents the level of absolute balance between action and reaction. This same level of correspondence between good action reaping good fruit, and evil action producing bad fruit, exists in the realm of social/moral causation. As a result, no relationship between the perfect Father-God and sinful man can exist while any remnant of the force of evil still operates in our lives. The atoning sacrifice of Jesus allowed for a surrogate payment for the punishment and death required by our sins. Jesus' sacrifice gave God the option of balancing our violation of His Law with a payment that equalized the force of evil unleashed by our error. Balance was maintained, and absolute justice retained in the universe of cause and effect. God has made a way to balance our evil with grace as a provision for reconciliation after our violation of His Law.
The heart of Christianity and heart of Islam are different. Jesus/Yeshua has come to earth as a real historical person, and now this human God-man now functions as an intermediary between imperfect man and perfect God.
While Islamic principles mirror Christianity in many ways, Islam does not have a redeemer. The Koran describes their god as Allah the Merciful since he allows for grace and accepts repentance. But, the new heart and spirit of love and relationship with God, self, and other cannot be implanted by the god of Islam because their god has no personal relationship with humanity. The god of Islam has left his followers with only a set of rules which govern the life of every believer in its infinite detail. But, once a devotee of Allah violates one of the principles of Islam, that man must redeem himself by good works, repentance, and/or punishment.
The history and culture of Islam, and the acts of the Prophet during his life, combine together to create a religion and culture which supports and advocates brutal world domination.
Aspects of Islamic history and Sharia law if taken as general principle would justify the Muslim in his belief in the divine destiny to dominate the whole world at sword point. But, all implementations of Islam do not embrace this violent mandate of a violent holy war against the pagan, Christian, and Jew. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the strong historical/cultural precedent of Islamic expansionist aggression against the Middle East and Europe. They would have ruled the entirety of the continent if the French had not stopped the Islamic hoards at Tours. It took until 1492 for the Spanish to repel the Islamic invaders. Only then did the Spanish have the freedom to spend treasury funds to send Columbus to the New World. The Islamic secular/spiritual law, the Sharia, certainly has a seed, if not overt command, to overcome all other religions and all nations for Allah.
Islam will not spontaneously purge itself of the evil seed that has grown up inside its soul. A strong force, a champion of righteousness must rise to fight and vanquish Militant Islam.
One could argue that Islam will mature and eliminate these anti-relational principles from its mainstream implementation. A spontaneous elimination of the spirit of violent world domination from the Islamic group-mind is unlikely since no force of sufficient spiritual stature has risen to directly confront the immorality of the Militant Islamic cause. America has stood up to the terrorist threat and battled it with measured intensity -- plus one night of shock and awe. But, our leaders have not named the Islamic Militant and his evil religion as the central antagonist in this battle of the Spiritual Titans. Therefore the true villain, Militant Islam, has not been identified, named, and sworn as our enemy. And as a result he roams the spiritual-social world without a hero to oppose his advance. The politically correct acceptance of all religions has prevented us from uniting our heart in unequivocal outrage and purposeful commitment to the utter annihilation of every vestige of Militant Islam.
God's hand can be seen as the divine drama plays its course. Examine your heart and choose wisely, choose life, choose goodness and Godliness. There is still hope.
If we examine the progression of God's play of purification of His people, we can see the purpose and plan in this drama. Militant Islam and its conventional Islamic counterpart together present such a virulent threat to freedom that all men must confront whether they will bow their knees to the True God and call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The battlefield has been arranged with spiritual chess pieces. The conflict will overtly name the evil and the good, and all men will be called upon to choose their spiritual allegiance. God has orchestrated a conflict which will bring His name, His cause, and His principles into center stage for examination by the nations. The clarity of the conflict will prevent anyone from claiming ignorance as to the identity of his allies. The habit of the soul, the culture of each man's heart, will direct him to form pacts with Heaven or Hell. Resonance with each of the competing spirits will dictate each man's choice. This is the time of a great divide.
Islam, while not overtly evil, has become a focal point for the gathering of evil.
The majority of practicing/believing Muslims may not deeply embrace the principles of militant Jihad. Nevertheless, every Muslim remains a potential subject to those who exercise Islamic leadership. The Muslim extremist factions, such as the Wahhabe and Taliban leverage their power by motivating or forcing the masses into becoming willing or unwilling accomplices in their rule and mission. Thus, while not the central theme of the Qur'an, its verses create a central gathering point around which its followers crystallize their allegiance to a general principle of Qur'anic allegiance. In that group mind is a vast sea of easily enrolled followers who are ready and willing to obey the dictates of their Islamic leadership. Thus, Islam is a sleeping snake. In its infancy it appears benign, but when it fills its ecological niche, it can become an extremely dangerous world citizen.
As Christians, we must protect the "Temple" of the body from the violent Militant Islamist, and return deadly force with deadly force:
Coexisting with a people who embrace a violent and aggressive spiritual mandate necessitates returning their attempts at domination with a defensive response of at least equal and opposite force. But, until we mount a superior force and vanquish the evil aggressors, the battle will smolder and fester without foreseeable end. Islamic Law, the Sharia, enforces the law/principles of the Qur'an, Hadith, and religious traditions. But the Islamic religion does not have within it the principle of forgiveness. Allah is called "The merciful and forgiving" but there is no method of accessing this forgiveness because because Allah is self-willed, and all things proceed according to his direction. Thus, the principle of mercy is as arbitrary and unexpected as is punishment. The missing principle in Islam is the transcendent and unmerited grace of Jesus appropriated by repentance from past wrong acts, and accepting the atoning blood of His sacrifice. Because Islam has no true corollary to the Christian principle of forgiveness, the Militant Muslim who violates the space, sovereignty and God-given rights of another person in the name of Islam must receive swift and just retaliatory force. The return of force with force from agents of a Christian, righteous, Godly paradigm reflects the judgment of the True God. Every heart has a spark of the knowledge of the True Law of God. And while our flesh may rebel at being subject to God's law, deep in our souls we resonate with its truth.
Sharing Christ with the Islamic world will release them from spiritual captivity:
The Islamic nations and its people are captives of the spirit of Islam. The redemption and release from this Islamic spirit will come as its people are taught the good news of the Gospel of Christ. The seed of the Gospel is potent. As disciples we must spread the Good News and confront the limitations of Islam with a proper mix of understanding and confrontation as we debate the Islamic error. We must speak the truth in love, expect repentance from their old ways, and pray for the renewal of their minds in Christ. God works transformative miracles of the heart in the silence of the night and in the busyness of the day. When we speak the truth to the Muslim in love, and give him the time and space to evaluate the freedom and the Godly restraints of Christianity, the Islamic captive can throw off his spiritual bonds. The human heart knows and loves liberty. With witnessing, good example, opportunity, prayer and God's miraculous power, the Muslim's heart can be changed to embrace an even higher Truth, the freedom and fullness of life offered in living life with Christ.
We must embrace Christ boldly as a nation, and equally boldly
share the Gospel with other nations:
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